Oakland DUI Lawyer
Fighting Drunk Driving Charges Throughout the Bay Area
Drunk driving charges are very serious and can significantly impact your
current and future life. Although you may have felt sober enough to drive
safely at the time, California law is very clear on what constitutes drunk
driving: it is illegal for a driver operating a vehicle to have a blood
alcohol level of 0.08% or higher.
Even if you have incriminating blood and breath tests against you,
your DUI case is not hopeless. With the right Oakland DUI lawyer on your side, it is possible to challenge
your charges effectively. The Law Offices of Torres & Caraves stands
ready to answer your questions, protect your future, and preserve your
rights throughout the legal process.
Accused of drunk driving? Contact our Oakland DUI attorneys at
(510) 953-5551 to request your free case evaluation.
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Why Choose Our Oakland DUI Attorneys?
Law Offices of Torres & Caraves, our Oakland DUI attorneys have 20+ years of collective experience and
can provide aggressive and compassionate DUI defense to clients in Oakland
and across the Bay Area, including the cities of Hayward, Richmond, San
Jose, and the surrounding Alameda County area.
Our proactive, cutting-edge approach has led to numerous
successful case outcomes for our clients. We have obtained reduced charges, dismissals, and not
guilty verdicts for clients.
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Penalties for a DUI Conviction in Oakland, California
DUI cases can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the
circumstances and a person's past criminal history.
A first-time DUI conviction can lead to penalties such as:
- Immediate license suspension for at least 4 months
- Fines and penalties up to $1,000
- Up to 6 months in jail
- Installation of ignition interlock device
For repeat offenders, you could be facing harsher penalties such as longer
jail time, steeper fines, longer license suspension periods, and mandatory
In addition to the criminal penalties, you could be facing points on your
driver's license, increased insurance premiums, or even the denial of coverage.
Under 21 DUI in California
California's Zero Tolerance law, any drivers under the age of 21 will face charges if they have any alcohol
in their system. The charges and penalties vary according to the blood
alcohol concentration of the driver.
Common penalties for underage DUI include:
.01% BAC or greater (not a criminal charge): Suspended license for 1 year
.05% BAC or greater: DUI on your record, suspended license for 1 year, $100 fine & mandatory
.08% BAC or greater (same as adults and can face the same consequences): Up to 6 months of
jail time, up to $1,000 in fines, suspended license for 6 months, mandatory
interlock ignition device for 6 months
Not only will you face potential criminal charges, being convicted of driving
under the influence when you are under 21 can also affect college and
job opportunities. Because both colleges and jobs are allowed to ask about
criminal history, if you have been convicted of DUI, you are required
to disclose your DUI when applying.
In order to protect your rights and your future, it is vital that you talk
to our Oakland underage DUI lawyer as soon as possible to begin working
on your defense.
California DMV Hearings & DUI License Revocation
California DUI cases have both a criminal and a civil (administrative)
component. We can assist clients with the civil side of DUI charges and
represent them in hearings with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
You must act quickly after a DUI arrest, as you only have 10 days to request
a hearing to challenge the suspension or revocation of your driver's license.
During DMV hearings, you will have the opportunity to present your side
of the case and reasons as to why you should maintain your driving privileges.
Closely looking at issues such as whether the officer had probable cause
to pull you over and whether the arrest was lawful are key to prevailing
in a hearing. If you refused a chemical breath or blood test, we can examine
whether the police officer adequately explained the consequences. Our
team can act swiftly to schedule your DMV hearing and advise you on what
Visit the California DMC website for more information and FAQs regarding DUI arrests, administrative hearings, and more.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Oakland DUI Attorney Today
If you or someone you love has been charged with driving under the influence
of alcohol and/or drugs, contact our Oakland DUI lawyer to find out how
we can help. We can review the details of your case and provide you with
an honest assessment of your options.
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